Exterior mirror with spotter mirror

  • US 9,216,691 B2
  • Filed: 02/24/2014
  • Issued: 12/22/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview mirror reflective element assembly for an exterior mirror assembly of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element,said mirror reflective element comprising a principal mirror and an auxiliary wide angle spotter mirror; and

    a generally circular curved recess established at a spotter portion of a rear surface of a glass substrate of said mirror reflective element, wherein said curved recess comprises a concave recess established at said rear surface of said glass substrate;

    wherein a spotter mirror reflector coating is established at at least a portion of said curved recess to establish said auxiliary wide angle spotter mirror;

    wherein a principal mirror reflector coating is established at a front surface of said mirror reflective element to establish said principal mirror; and

    wherein one of (i) a portion of said curved recess is substantially not coated with said spotter mirror reflector coating and (ii) a portion of said spotter mirror reflector coating at said curved recess is at least partially hidden from view of a person viewing the front of said mirror reflective element by an overlapping portion of said principal mirror reflector coating.

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